The Rural Assembly

20 Jun 2019 – 22 Jun 2019

Regular hours

12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00

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Wysing Arts Centre

Cambridge, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 18 or 18A from City Centre to Bourn
  • BR Cambridge Station ( 8 miles)
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A special series of events and conference dedicated to exploring how artists engage with the contemporary rural sphere.


The Rural Assembly will take place at Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (20 & 21 June in London, 22 June at Wysing).

The Rural Assembly draws on a series of public programmes and research that developed throughout 2018. It looks at contemporary artists and creative practitioners who are challenging the assumptions made about rural life and culture, providing a new vision of the countryside grounded in everyday experience and a critique of the rural-urban binary.

This culminating assembly considers how artists respond to the established and imposed divides between the rural and the urban. From re-imagined farming practices and food systems to architecture, community projects and transnational local networks, this three-day assembly brings together artists, curators, historians and critics to discuss the role of art in a rural context, inviting a critical outlook at our relationships with the rural today.

The programme has been conceived in collaboration with partners the University of Aberystwyth, Istanbul Biennial, Manchester Metropolitan University, Myvillages and Wysing Arts Centre. 

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